Schoep Passes Away

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Schoep earlier this week enjoying the sunshine

Only a month ago we celebrated Schoep’s twentieth birthday. Sadly on Wednesday Schoep passed away.

Schoep became an internet sensation when a picture of his owner soothing his arthritis in a lake went viral. Over 187,000 people follow Schoep and John on their Facebook page, captivated by the love the two had for each other.

On Thursday John posted “I Breathe But I Can’t Catch My Breath…Schoep passed yesterday.”

Schoep and John’s story has had a significant impact on many. When the picture and their story went viral donations started pouring in from all over the world. More than enough money came in to give Schoep the best possible care for his arthritis.

John and Schoep’s veterinarian, Erik Haukass, decided to use the rest of the money to help others. They created Schoep’s Legacy Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to help low-income families care for their animals. To date the foundation has raised over $25,000.

“It could help another 30 or 40 Schoeps,” said Haukass.

Schoep will be missed by his many fans, and most importantly by John, his best friend of 20 years.

0 thoughts on “Schoep Passes Away”

  1. Rest in peace sweet boy…I only wish every dog could know the love like you did. God bless you and John

    • What a beautiful friendship between a dog and a human! My heart aches for you John and know that you will once be together again.

  2. My heart goes out to you JOHN! Schoep is now running and playing without any pain. I have 3, four legged “sons” that are my whole world and I know I will be devastated when they are called away to become angels. I had a minpin, Taz, for 10yrs and when I lost him I thought I lost everything. All the great memories I have helped me through the sadness. A house and a heart is not a home without the love of a dog! God Bless you and RIP Schoep!

  3. bless you for the love and compassion you have shown for this beautiful dog,most animals never get this kind of devotion. The way a man treats an animal shows his true self.You are a hero,you are what I grow to be,you have memories to lean on every day,my heart is sad for you,I cry with you.Bless you and Schoep.

  4. No words will ever comfort you but know that every pet’s Mom and Dad feels your pain and understand what you’re going through. Schoep now plays and runs without pain and he will wait patiently until you are reunited once again.

  5. Thee GREATEST Dad Ever. I hope I can be Half the Dad to my two pooches as John was to Schoep. RIP Sweet Baby Schoep.


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